[ExI] Basis of Belief

Henrique Moraes Machado cetico.iconoclasta at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 19:24:51 UTC 2008

Kevin>Why is it that some people seem to think that any kind of pressure is 
the same as violence? Taxation is violence. Law enforcement is violence.
>Ridicule is violence. At some point it needs to be recognized that violence 
>is it's own thing. Just because something is disagreeable or hurts one's
>feelings does not make it violent in nature. An "invitation to violence" is 
>not violence either. It is an invitation. The hurling of words can indeed 
>deeply, but only in those who are open to listening. Violence on the other 
>hand doesn't even allow the option of not listening. Things and ideas are
>different - hence the reason behind having different words for them.

Political correctness (which is a modern plague). And maybe that's the 
reason that explains the fact that us occidentals are becoming a bunch of 
whiny wimps.

When irony and sarcasm also start being classified as violence I hope I can 
be off world...

There's a saying I like very much to use (and which I don't know who's the 
author): If you don't want to be ridiculed then don't be ridiculous.

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